Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaics"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
Solar Energy
Project Description:
A student team is investigating the technical/financial viability of utility scale solar photovoltaics at Purdue. This Department of Energy funded project will evaluate whether solar energy can offset the daily purchases of relatively expensive electricity that Purdue makes on a daily basis.
Expected Student Contributions:
Assistance is needed in quantifying the electric output of a utility-scale solar photovoltaic array. The goal is to calculate whether a solar array offsets peak energy use in a way that saves money for the university. The intern would be part of a student team involving students from Krannert, Technology, and Engineering. These solar energy computations will drive further work to identify where the photovoltaic array will be located and how it connects to the campus electric grid.
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Desired Qualifications:
MET student with senior standing, prior experience with photovoltaics
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Hutzel, William
school of engineering technology

Student Supervisor

William Arnett
Graduate Assistant

Cooperating Faculty

Matthew Lynall